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Course Number/Section/Name: FIN 6320/70 or 71/ Seminar in FinanceSemester/Year: Fall/2020Professor: Eric McKee, Assistant Professor of FinanceClass Days/Times/Location or Other Format: OnlineOffice Location: Classroom Center 327DOffice Hours: MW 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM or by AppointmentEmail: emckee@wtamu.eduSocial Media: Keep up with the latest happenings of your COB on Facebook and Twitter, connect with us onLinkedIn, and check out COB videos on YouTube.Other: My job is to help you learn. If you have any questions or suggestions, please kindly let me know. I check my emails daily during weekdays. I try to reply in a timely manner during weekends, but it is notguaranteed. I may post course announcements at WTClass. Please check for them regularly. Course prerequisites: FIN 6300 or equivalent and ACCT 6305.Terms of UseA student's continued enrollment in this course signifies acknowledgment of and agreement with thestatements, disclaimers, policies, and procedures outlined within this syllabus and elsewhere in the WTClassenvironment. This Syllabus is a dynamic document. Elements of the course structure (e.g., dates and topicscovered, but not policies) may be changed at the discretion of the professor.WTAMU Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business Mission StatementThe mission of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is to provide high quality undergraduate andgraduate business education with a global perspective and ethical awareness. We accomplish this throughemphasis on excellence in teaching, which is strengthened by faculty scholarship and supported byprofessional service.professional growth and advancement via keyLearning Objectives of the WTAMU Paul andlearning goals and objectives.Virginia Engler College of Business ProgramsThe Paul and Virginia Engler College of BusinessThe learning objectives of the Paul and Virginia(COB) at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU)Engler College of Business are as follows:seeks to prepare students in the Bachelor of LeadershipBusiness Administration (BBA), Master of Business CommunicationAdministration (MBA), Master of Professional Critical ThinkingAccounting (MPA), and the Master of Science, Business IntegrationFinance and Economics (MSFE) degree programs Core Business Knowledgefor careers in business and to foster their Global Business Environment1

Business Ethics and Corporate GovernanceCourse DescriptionThis course focuses on how to use the theory of corporate finance and the value creation principle to assess afirm’s operating decisions. Most topics are about investment decisions. A main theme of the course is aboutcapital budgeting (one case will be explored in the class on capital budgeting). To this end, we first talk abouttime value of money and investment rules to help you refresh the basics. Then we study cash flow projectionsbased on firms’ financial statement and evaluate the cost of capital. Based on these two, we use discountedcash flow analysis to help us make investment decisions.Course ObjectivesThe objective of the course is to provide you with a foundation in financial principles, therefore the learningoutcomes are not a set of facts, although there are always stylized facts that must be learned, but a way ofthinking about measuring the financial impact of business decisions. Valuing business decisions underuncertainty is at the heart of the applied practice of corporate finance.Once you complete the course you should be able to: Understand the application of the “Law of One Price” to measuring value added. Understand and explain the centrality of cash flows to financial decisions. Use EXCEL to build models to evaluate capital investments and firms. Comprehend the basic model for establishing the firm’s cost of capital. Apply valuation principles to an equipment replacement decision and a potential acquisition.Map from COB Learning Objectives to Specific Course ObjectivesGoal: CommunicationStudents will practice spreadsheet modeling related to capital budgeting. Students will have the opportunityto discuss cases and issues related to corporate finance.Goal: Critical thinking Analyze a financial statement Analyze a capital budgeting problem Estimate a firm’s cost of capital Use different evaluation tools to evaluate firms and financial transactions and help make investmentDecisionsGoal: Ethical decision making and corporate governance Take ethical issues into consideration when making investment decisions.Goal: Demonstrate knowledge of the global and domestic environment and their relevance to the businesscontexts2

Course Materials (Text, calculator, etc.) Textbook:You are required to have a graduate level corporate finance textbook, but I don’t have restrictions on whichone you use. I recommend the text by Berk & DeMarzo. The book by Ross, Westerfield, and Jaffe should alsowork. Note that you need to find corresponding chapters in different books.Textbook (recommended): Berk & DeMarzo, Corporate Finance (Pearson Series in Finance)The 4th edition is expensive. I use the 3rd edition (right one, ISBN-13: 9780132992473). Buying a used one is agood choice (some source: Amazon, ebay). The 2nd edition (left) also works. You can also rent a book.Textbook (if you want to buy a used text): buy the 2nd edition or 3rd edition. A used 2nd edition is less than 20.Other books that also work include:Corporate Finance: The Core (4th, 3rd, 2nd edition) (Berk, DeMarzo & Harford, The Corporate Finance Series)Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (4th, 3rd, 2nd Edition) (Berk, DeMarzo & Harford, The Corporate FinanceSeries)Again, older editions cost less. A financial calculator is not required. I use excel to do all the calculations, cash flow projections,discounting and etc. If you need a calculator, I recommend Texas Instruments’ BA II Plus. Access to EXCEL.3

o You need to access the related Excel files I post on WTClass. Access to WTClass.o If you experience technical problems regarding WTClass, please contact the IT Service Center (ITSC) bycalling 806-651-4357(HELP) or by emailing Please visit ITSC website for theirhours: tion-technology-service-center.aspxCourse Grading Policies You will be assigned a letter grade as follows based on the number of total points you have accumulatedthroughout the semester.Number of points 900 800 700 600 600 GradeABCDFI do not curve, and your course grade will be solely determined by how many points you accumulatethroughout the semester, as shown above.Course Assignment, Examination, and or Project PoliciesQuiz (12 total)Participation and Case DiscussionsCaseExam 1Exam 2TotalPoints e are 1000 points available.o Two exams: 600 points (Exam 1 – 300 points, Exam 2 – 300 points) You can attempt each exam only once. The exam is open for a limited time. You are responsible for taking the exam after class within the timeperiod the exam is “open”. There is no make-up for missed exams without valid excuses. If you cannot take the exam within thetime period that the exam is “open”, you need to notify me prior to the exam close date and providevalid excuse.4

You are responsible for taking the exam at a computer that has a stable connection. There is no makeup for incomplete exams due to technical reasons. You may take the exam in the University's computerlab if you are unsure about your work or home connection.Exams are open book and open excel. They are NOT open-buddy. Do not collaborate with otherstudents or anyone else to take the exam.o One case: 100 points The case is on the topic capital budgeting, which is the main focus of this course. You need to use EXCEL to do the case. I will post instructions on how to do the case on WTClass.o 12 quizzes: 240 points total You are required to take a quiz after the completion of each lecture to gauge your study progress, so 1quiz per week. You can attempt each quiz twice with the higher score counting towards your grade. The quiz is open for a limited time. You are responsible for taking the quiz within the time period thequiz is “open”. There is no make-up for missed quizzes without valid excuses. If you cannot take thequiz within the time period that the exam is “open”, you need to notify me prior to the quiz close dateand provide valid excuse. The quizzes are open-book and open note, but not open-buddy. You are responsible for taking the quiz at a computer that has a stable connection. There is no makeup for incomplete quizzes due to technical reasons. You may take the quiz in the University's computerlab if you are unsure about your work or home connectiono Participation and Case Discussions: 60 points total When the two cases become available on WTClass, you need to discuss with your classmates via theonline message board. You are required to make one original post and two responses to yourclassmates. (That is a total of three posts for each case: your own comments, and two responses.) The comments and responses should demonstrate your critical thinking about the case. Based on yourcomments and response, I make a subjective assessment of your work. Responses to your peers do notneed to be long but should demonstrate thoughtfulness. Usually, this should take a few sentences.Reponses such as “I agree” or “I disagree” are not satisfactory. Additionally, while this is not an Englishor Communications course, your posts should demonstrate the graduate-level writing skills andprofessionalism becoming of a business leader.We will have a live class session for the case. My tentative plan is to go over related examples or give yousuggestions on the cases. Your attendance at the live sessions will be one consideration in assessing yourParticipation. As this is an online course and many of you are busy professionals with families and full-time jobs,and we will be spread across different time zones around the globe, there is not a specific attendance policy. It isOK if you cannot attend the live sessions; but I expect that students who cannot attend the live sessions willparticipate more on the discussion board (i.e., make more than the minimum 3 posts for the case).5

Course Topics - Tentative Calendar of Readings, Topics, and Due DatesSee the last page of the syllabusAdditional Course Policies Collaboration with other students while taking the exams is cheating. I actively pursue punishment for incidences of cheating. If there is any evidence that a student hasperformed academic misconduct, the student will fail the course and be turned into the Dean’s Officefor further action. The instructor may check the IP address, time the exams are taken, your spreadsheet file info, and yourWTClass activity log to detect cheating.WTAMU Paul and Virginia Engler COB Student Code of EthicsEach student enrolled in COB courses accepts personal responsibility to uphold and defend academic integrityand to promote an atmosphere in which all individuals may flourish. The COB Student Code of Ethicsstrives to set a standard of honest behavior that reflects well on students, the COB and West TexasA&M University. All students enrolled in business courses are expected to follow the explicit behaviorsdetailed in the Student Code of Ethics.Code of Ethics Do not use notes, texts, solutionmanuals, or other aids for a quiz or examwithout instructor authorization. Do not copy the work of others and/orallow others to view your answers orcopy your work during a quiz, exam, oron homework assignments. Do not allow other parties to assist in thecompletion of your quiz, exam,homework, paper, or project when notpermitted. Do not work with other students onprojects or assignments withoutauthorization from the course instructor. Properly cite and specifically credit thesource of text, graphic, and webmaterials in papers, projects, or otherassignments. Do not forge the signature of aninstructor, advisor, dean, or anotherstudent.Provide truthful information for classabsences when asking faculty for excusedabsences or for a make-up for a quiz,exam, or homework.Provide truthful information on yourresume including work history, academicperformance, leadership activities, andmembership in student organizations.Respect the property, personal rights,and learning environment of all membersof the academic community.Live up to the highest ethical standards inall academic and professional endeavors.Students violating the Student Code of Ethics will be reported to the Dean’s office and are subject to penaltiesdescribed in the West Texas A&M University Code of Student Life, which may include suspension from the6

University. In addition, a violator of the Student Code of Ethics may become ineligible for participation instudent organizations sponsored by the COB and for recognition for College academic honors, awards, andscholarships.COB Student Resources LinkThe COB has developed a Student Resources repository (e.g., APA writing style information, business corereviews, facilities, and other helpful supplements), which can be found on the COB Website. Additionally,WTAMU has developed an Academic Study Skills information site to assist students (e.g., study habits,supplemental instruction, tutoring, writing and math skills), which can be found on the WTAMU Website. ForWTAMU Writing Center information (for students needing writing assistance, guidance, and feedback), pleasevisit their website.COB Communications ComponentThe Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business Communication Component requires students to demonstrateknowledge of communication skills. The COB communications component is a requirement in the followingcourses: ACCT 4373 (Accounting Communications), BUSI 1304 (Business Communication), BUSI 3320 (DigitalCollaboration and Communication), BUSI 4333 (Cross-Cultural Issues in Business Communications), BUSI 4350(Current Issues in Management Communications), BUSI 4375 (Healthcare Communication), BUSI 4380 (ConflictResolution and Negotiation), BUSI 4382 (Emerging Media Law), CIDM 3320 (Digital Collaboration andCommunication), ECON 4370 (Economics of Health Care), FIN 3350 (Personal Financial Planning), FIN 4320(Investments), FIN 4321 (Portfolio Theory), MGT 3335 (Organizational Behavior), MGT 4380 (ConflictResolution and Negotiation), or MKT 3342 (Consumer Behavior).Student Travel OpportunitiesIn multiple business courses, there may be opportunities for student travel supplemented by student fees. Ifyou have an interest in such opportunities as they become available, please notify a faculty member.Dropping/Repeating the CourseShould a student decide to drop the course, it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the final dropdates and adhere to the WTAMU Add/Drop policy. Any student participating in the course after the WTAMUposted drop date will be considered active and a grade will be administered at the end of the course for thatstudent. Students are charged a fee for any course attempted for a third or subsequent time at WTAMU otherthan a non-degree credit developmental course or exempted courses.Scholastic DishonestyIt is the responsibility of students and instructors to help maintain scholastic integrity at the University byrefusing to participate in or tolerate scholastic dishonesty. Commission of any of the following acts shallconstitute scholastic dishonesty. This listing is not exclusive of any other acts that may reasonably be said toconstitute scholastic dishonesty: acquiring or providing information for any assigned work or examinationfrom any unauthorized source; informing any person or persons of the contents of any examination prior tothe time the examination is given in subsequent sections of the course or as a makeup; plagiarism; submissionof a paper or project that is substantially the same for two courses unless expressly authorized by theinstructor to do so; submission of a paper or project prepared by another student as your own. You are7

responsible for being familiar with the University's Academic Integrity Code, as well as the COB Student Codeof Ethics listed in this document.Academic IntegrityAll work must be completed individually unless otherwise stated. Commission of any of the following acts shallconstitute scholastic dishonesty: acquiring or providing information for any assigned work or examination from anyunauthorized source; informing any person or persons of the contents of any examination prior to the time the examis given in any subsequent sections of the course or as a makeup; plagiarism; submission of a paper or project that issubstantially the same for two courses unless expressly authorized by the instructor to do so. For more information,see the Code of Student Life.Viewpoints/External Websites DisclaimerThe views expressed in this document, web-based course materials, and/or classroom presentations anddiscussions are those of the professor and do not necessarily represent the views of West Texas A&MUniversity, its faculty and staff, or its students. Views expressed by students are likewise those of the personmaking such statements. It is understood and expected that each individual within this course will respect andallow individual difference of opinion.Neither the professor, the COB, nor WTAMU are responsible for the content of external websites discussed inthe classroom and/or linked to via online course materials, emails, message boards, or other means. Referredwebsites are for illustrative purposes only, and are neither warranted nor endorsed by the professor, COB, orWTAMU. Web pages change frequently, as does domain name ownership. While every effort is made toensure proper referencing, it is possible that students may on occasion find materials to be objectionable forreasons beyond our control.Acceptable Student BehaviorClassroom behavior should not interfere with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of otherstudents to learn from the instructional program (Code of Student Life). Unacceptable or disruptive behaviorwill not be tolerated. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior may be instructed to leave the classroom.Inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action or referral to the University’s Behavioral InterventionTeam. This prohibition applies to all instructional forums, including electronic, classroom, labs, discussiongroups, field trips, etc.Technology RequirementsAll technological requirements for the successful completion of this course are the responsibility of thestudent, including access to a working computer and or to a device with secure broadband Internetconnection, data storage and retrieval, and state-of-the-art security. The student is responsible for alltechnological problems not related to WTAMU, including but not limited to equipment failures, poweroutages, and Internet breakdowns. Furthermore, students are responsible for all necessary technical andoperational skills for completing this course, and for being familiar with WTClass (the Blackboard LearningSystem) both in a general sense and in a specific sense as pertaining to this course and any materials storedwithin. The professor is not responsible for any technical matters related to WTClass. Students must contact8

WTClass if they have problems accessing and/or using the WTClass environment.Physical or Educational Access - ADA StatementWest Texas A&M University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified persons withdisabilities. This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, andguidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educationalopportunity. It is the student's responsibility to register with Student Disability Services (SDS) and to contactfaculty members in a timely fashion to arrange for suitable accommodations. Contact Information: StudentSuccess

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